THE DORDOGNE DECEPTION
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Early Rave Reviews:
The Dordogne Deception Has It All
Love, murder, terror, mystery and hot sex set in a castle in the beautiful Dordogne region of France is Sherry Joyce’s first novel.
Wendy Schultz, Staff Writer
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This book is full of nonstop suspense that keeps on going... Yolande Favreau, Paris, France
Sherry is masterful at depicting both setting and characters. She brought romance and suspense to life.
Sandra Sweet, El Dorado Hills, CA
She leaves no stones unturned with regard to full character development...start reading early or be prepared to keep reading until the wee hours because it's tough to put down.
Sue Mackin, El Dorado Hills, CA
A thunderstruck chateau, an untimely murder and a
lovely Silicon Valley divorcee are crucial ingredients to Sherry Joyce's new romantic suspense novel, "The
Dordogne Deception." Joyce joins us to talk
about the thrilling story that inspired her recent work, her fantasy week in a French chateau and her experiences
travelling in Europe.
"Insight" Hosted by Beth Ruyak
CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO
December 28, 2013 By JMossReads , Reviewer San Francisco City Book Review
A gripping tale of deception, heartache and love
When a romance novel opens not with a crime of passion but a conspired, premeditated murder, there should be no doubt that the book is not your typical boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love and live happily ever after fairytale. The Dordogne Deception is a sordid, dark romantic thriller.
Most of the book is told from two perspectives; Brett who is investigating the death of his friend/mentor and Cherise who is living a fairytale life in a French chateau. These two have never met and have no idea that their lives will unexpectedly clash together which may cost both of them their lives. The two different viewpoints occur concurrently which gives the readers the advantage of knowing much more than the characters making the convergence of the perspectives that much more exciting.
Sherry Joyce gives enough backstory for each character so that readers will understand their personalities and motivations. Cherise is trying to overcome the shock of her sudden divorce and trying to make a fresh start by buying a bed and breakfast in the French countryside. Francois is looking for an unsuspecting, vulnerable, wealthy woman to target next in his lifelong scheme of acquiring wealth. Brett is a retired Scotland Yard detective who is trying to get back in the world after the death of his wife. Diana is a young opportunist whose goal in life is to find a rich man to take care of her. Joyce does an amazing job of weaving the lives of these four people together in a wonderfully surprising mix of tragedy and getting another chance at love.
The pace of the book is a bit sluggish at times but the primary reason for that is because the reader can feel the anxiety of the characters and you want to beg for relief from the tension. You will be eager for the story to peak when all of the secrets get revealed and the characters show their true colors.
The Dordogne Deception is a masterfully written plot which will appeal to readers who enjoy books of the romance and suspense/thriller genres, alike. The combination of lies, conspiracy, betrayal, murder, heartache, and love with a touch of the whimsical, all set against the backdrops of the English and French countryside’s is a wonderful surprise and delight for readers.
Ambushed: a twenty year marriage, dissolved.
Ambushed: a high-profile executive career hanging precariously by a thread.
Ambushed: a seemingly perfect life.
Stunned, beautiful and successful Silicon Valley executive Cherise Eden never saw her divorce coming. With a lucrative payout from her job, she flees San Francisco to start a new life in the Dordogne region of Southwestern France buying Roufillay, a well-established posh bed and breakfast castle.
Seductive and irresistible, Francois Delacroix arrives, sweeping Cherise off her feet, ensnaring her unwittingly down a dangerous path of deception. Lives, lies and lust intertwine as danger approaches. Trapped and frantic, Cherise needs an ally. But can she trust Brett Maxfield, a retired Scotland Yard detective?
Duplicity and murder shatter Cherise’s illusions as she comes to realize decisions made during a woman’s most vulnerable moments are the most dangerous.
It has all the right ingredients - intertwined characters and circumstances,
well-described settings, suspense, romance and let's not forgetthat sprinkle of spice.
Aloha La Ray, Ocean Shores, WA
...a fantastic writer...I couldn't put the book down for two days until I finished it.
Mary Lu Empie , Arizona
The Dordogne Deception is the best book I've read in a long time. It kept me captivated from the beginning to the end. I just couldn't put the book down. The romance and suspense kept me turning pages til late in the night....
Celine Girard, Vancouver, Canada
The author does an extraordinary job of
bringing readers into the unique atmosphere of the ancient château. Early reviews are very positive with readers commenting on the
well-written descriptions of the château, the countryside and how well the author built the characters and story line. Many said they couldn't put it down! Madame Isabelle Grassé, the actual owner of the château, is quite excited about the book and pleased that her château the centerpiece of this novel.
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